Rami Boukai Wins 2019 WSOP Event #23: $1,500 8-Game Mix for $177,294

Rami Boukai

Rami Boukai captured his second career World Series of Poker gol bracelet, closing out the heads-up battle against John Evans in the 2019 WSOP Event #23: $1,500 8-Game Mix and taking home the first-place prize of $177,294. Wednesday’s action lasted just 40 minutes as Boukai started Day 4 with a commanding chip lead and closed the deal quickly, securing the six-figure payday.

Boukai, whose previous bracelet win came at the 2009 WSOP in the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha/Hold’em event, said the money is the most important thing to him.

“It’s $170K, so yeah, it’s a big deal,” Boukai said. “I’m here for the money.”

"I had a big chip lead, so it was as good of a spot as I could see myself in.”

The event spilled over into an unscheduled Day 4, with Day 3 play ending in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The tournament restarted at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon with just Boukai and Evans remaining, and Boukai holding a three-to-one chip lead.

By 2:40 p.m., the day was done. Boukai steadily eroded Evans’ stack throughout rounds of no-limit hold’em, seven-card stud and Omaha hi-lo, and sealed the victory on the first limit hold’em hand of the day.

Boukai said the extension into the extra day didn’t play any factor in the way the tournament played out.

“I don’t sleep too well in the city anyway,” Boukai said. “I just didn’t want to [mess] things up. I had a big chip lead, so it was as good of a spot as I could see myself in.”

Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (USD)
1Rami BoukaiUnited States$177,294
2John EvansUnited States$109,553
3Chris KlodnickiUnited States$72,933
4Philip LongUnited Kingdom$49,531
5Allen KesslerUnited States$34,329
6Donny RubinsteinUnited States$24,292

Mixed-Game Masters at the Final Table

Boukai emerged through a final table that included a number of successful mixed-game players. Philip Long, the defending champion in the event, finished fourth ($49,531), while Allen Kessler ($34,329) came up just short of his first WSOP bracelet.

Chris Klodnicki ($72,933) posted his second top-five finish in a mixed-game event at the 2019 WSOP, finishing third in the $1,500 8-Game Mix on the heels of a fifth-place finish in $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. It looked like Klodnicki would advance to the extra day and make it a three-way fight to the finish on Day 4, but he was eliminated just before the end of play on Day 3.

"I’ve been playing 8-game mix for at least 10 years."

Evans posted the biggest cash of his career ($109,553), coming in second among the starting field of 612 players. Evans came up short in his quest for the bracelet, and he was up against tough competition in Boukai, who’s a veteran of the 8-game format.

“I’ve been playing 8-game mix for at least 10 years, all the tournaments are the same for the most part,” Boukai said.

This concludes the coverage for this event but stick around as the PokerNews live reporting team will be here all summer to bring you all the action from Sin City. You can also watch the live-streamed final table action all summer long at PokerGO.

  • Rami Boukai topped a 612-player field to win the #WSOP50 $1,500 8-Game Mix for $177,294 and his second bracelet.

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